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Grateful Dead Live at Olympia Theater on 1972-05-03

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Grateful Dead Live at Olympia Theater on 1972-05-03

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This show has been commercially released as " Europe '72: The Complete Recordings - All The Music Edition"

Bertha, Me & My Uncle, Mr. Charlie, Sugaree, Black Throated Wind, Chinatown Shuffle, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Beat It On Down The Line, He's Gone, Next Time You See Me, Playin' In The Band, Tennessee Jed, Good Lovin', Sing Me Back Home, Casey Jones Greatest Story Ever Told, Ramble On Rose, It Hurts Me Too, Truckin'-> Space-> The Other One-> Drums-> The Other One-> Me And Bobby McGee-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat, Jack Straw, Sugar Magnolia, Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away, E: One More Saturday Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Olympia Theater
Location Paris, France

Source Soundboard>Master Reel (multi-track)->DAT x 5
Lineage DAT->ZA2->.wav->mkw->SHN
Transferred by Joe Samaritano


Soundboard->Master Reel (multi-track)->DAT x 5. DAT->ZA2->.wav->mkw->SHN. DAT seed provided by Michael P. Weitzman. Transfer and SHN by Joe Samaritano


Reviewer: PHIL FACTOR - favoritefavorite - January 4, 2005
Subject: WARNING!!!
The other soundboard posted is much better than this one. This version has serious problems with the left and right channels flying back and forth. This is a five star show, one of Europe ' 72's best. The rating reflects this versions sound quality and has nothing to do with the performance. Download the other version, puff ferociously, and enjoy immensely !! Namaste!

P.S. To try to help clear things up for the good lad below : "SBD" refers to a soundboard copy, which means that the recording comes from the sound that is fed directly into the soundboard from the instruments and microphones. An "AUD", or audience recorded version means that the sound is coming fom the ambient sound that is being pumped through the P.A. system, which means that it is generally, but not always, picking up a lot of noise(crowd and otherwise), echo, reverb., vibration, etc. that may negatively affect the sound quality of the recording. GRATEFUL DEAD FOREVER !!!
Reviewer: TimeIsGruve - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 4, 2004
Subject: Excellent
I have been listening to this for nearly 15 minutes, and I have already fell in love. Being a long, yet slowly progressing dead fan, this is my first taste of live 72' at only the humble age of 15, and it is most excellent indeed. However, I see people speaking of "SBD", a term unbeknownst to me. I do notice people saying that it creates a clearer non-distorted sound, which is intriguing to me.Will someone please enlighten me as to what it is?
Reviewer: Joe Samaritano - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 4, 2004
Subject: Re-do
This *is* a SBD.....Anyway, turns out that something went haywire during the transfer which caused the channels to fly all over the place. I discovered this by listening to the source Dat at home and realized that the channels were fine. I am going to re-do this and want to get some consensus about whether I should seed it or not, because there is another source out there (SHN 142) that is decent.
Reviewer: DeadDave - favoritefavorite - October 22, 2004
Subject: Get the SBD version!!!
Lots o' prob's with this one. Left and Right channels have issues. The SBD version is super clean and normalized.
Reviewer: samson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 21, 2004
Subject: A Must Have...
Man this tour definately stands out as the best by the band with highlights every night. This show certainly does not disappoint. Top notch versions of some favorites including China> Rider, Tenn. Jed, Good Lovin, He's Gone, and Sing Me Back Home. The nights big jam comes in the form of the Other One, and man what a jam it is. The places they go in this version are just incredible. At times it can be fierce and others downright beautiful. I'm usually not a big fan of Bobby McGee, but the delicate playing by the band just as they go into McGee is something to behold and cherish and may become one of your favorite versions too. From such a stand out tour, this night was definately one of their finest.
Reviewer: bigbird - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 13, 2004
Subject: typical
this is a fantastic gig with a great version of this now....
Reviewer: Apedog - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 18, 2004
Subject: may 3,1972
one of the better shows i've heard.Tight performances by all. Well worth checking out.
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 12, 2004
Subject: Best of Europe 72
This was one of the first Europe 72 shows I collected, and it still knocks me out every time I hear it. I hesitate to go for 5 stars here, but not because of the playing. The band is really in synch tonight, and deliver almost flawless versions of Sugaree, He's Gone and Bertha. The China/Rider appears on the album Europe 72,and it's easy to see why. And then Jerry and then boys give the French a taste of pure Nashville with Sing Me Back Home - one of the best of the tour. You can almost see the band in cowboy hats and rhinestones!
The band is also influenced no doubt by the magnificent surrondings - the historic Olympia Theatre. I've seen pictures, and I have a Miles Davis show from the 50's from here, too. Very
cool, intimate place to play.
They then come back for Set Two and proceed to blast Paris to the outer limits and back again with one of the finest, artfully jammed Other Ones I've ever heard. Long it is, and played with fire and a kalidoscope of colors. The insertion of Bobby McGee is almost a welcome reprise from the intensity, before they dive back in and finish it.
Along with 5/10 and 4/26, this is a very special Other One that will thrill ya again and again!
Also of note is the hot NFA sequence.
Although I'm a Dark Star Fan, which they do the following night in Paris, this show is my favorite of the pair. Well recommended.
Dr. Flashback ;-)
Reviewer: Godchauxfan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 28, 2004
Subject: Top 3 of all time
There are probably only a handful of shows at most that are better than this one. This is my personal favorite of all time. A nice long first set with a great Good Lovin. Best China>Rider of all time. The NFA>GDTRFB>NFA is superb: to hear Bobby and Pigpen go back and forth at the end is both epic and sad at the same time, since you can tell Pig's voice sounds a little weak. Bobbby McGee is a nice interlude between the Other One in which both Phil and Bill are on fire. This is show is so good that it can brighten up even the worst days. Gotta love Europe '72.
Reviewer: velociraptor - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 18, 2004
Subject: Dead at their peak
Both shows 5-3 and 5-4-72 epitomize the Dead at their peak. No collection is complete without them both! Thank you for putting them in the archives.
Reviewer: stufstock - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 14, 2004
Subject: Grateful for the Dead...
Sugar Magnolia really knocked me off my feet... One of the best versions I ever heard... Weir is in his best voice... The best way to start a morning...
Reviewer: gratefulfan - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2004
Subject: Good bits
This show gets a little spaced out at times, but has some good bits in it. The China -> Rider, is of course the one on Europe '72, I think that there might be another song or two from this show that made it onto E72. I love the Other One, but I have to say that this version is a little too loosely held together for my taste. I do have to agree, though, that the Bobby McGee, which is not one of my usual favorites, sounds great here, a touch of softness emerging from the chaos. The Wharf Rat is great too, and the Good Lovin' is nice, although a bit short. Check out the next night for a great Good Lovin'. Check it out, a good show, good sound.
Reviewer: Postcard73 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 10, 2004
Subject: Great Show
I'm really tired, so I hope these comments are coherent. This is one of my favorite Dead shows and definitely the Europe '72 show I listen to the most. '72 is probably my favorite year for the Dead, so that is high praise. What can I say? Everything is played wonderfully.

The third disc in particular reaches me like few other pieces of music I've found. I don't know how to describe it- I don't consider it the hottest, the jazziest, the spaciest- I don't know. It just *works*. The Other One is great- the jamming on the main riff is infrequent: enough to toy with the audience and point the band in various directions, yet when they finally sing the verses, the song focuses right on the main riff and develops a nasty little crunch that kills me. I'll also note that I don't normally like the Dead's versions of Bobby McGee (Bobby will always be a man to me, and Janis will always be the person who let him slip away). However, this version magically appears out of deep space and is like a cool breeze blowing the storm clouds away... wonderful.

Because I like this show so much I have had several different copies. I would say the quality of this one is better than the others I've heard. The hiss is less noticeable. In addition, this is the first copy I've heard that doesn't have a very loud pop in Truckin'. I haven't had a chance to listen to disc 2, but I've heard the rest of it.
Reviewer: Sachin78 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2004
Subject: The Creator
I listened to this show in 97 and The Other One made me question everything I knew about physics and religion (i.e., that God is actually Phil Lesh). Check it out ya'll.
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